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What kind of editing is right for you?

Know you need an editor, but don't know what services to ask for? This quiz will help you figure it out.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    I need an editor to edit my...
    • A.
      Book
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit, Developmental Edit)
    • B.
      Essay
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit, Developmental Edit)
    • C.
      Blog Post
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit)
    • D.
      Website
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit)
  • 2.
    Are you finished writing it?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit, Developmental Edit)
    • B.
      No, it's still in the draft stage
      (Correlates to: Developmental Edit)
    • C.
      No, it's still in the idea stage
      (Correlates to: Developmental Edit)
  • 3.
    Why do you need an editor?
    • A.
      I need someone to check my grammar, spelling, and punctuation
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit)
    • B.
      I want to make sure I'm expressing my ideas clearly
      (Correlates to: Line Edit)
    • C.
      I need help with the organization of my writing
      (Correlates to: Developmental Edit)
  • 4.
    What's your highest priority?
    • A.
      Low price
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit)
    • B.
      High quality
      (Correlates to: Developmental Edit)
    • C.
      A balance between the two
      (Correlates to: Line Edit)
  • 5.
    How do you feel about an editor changing your writing?
    • A.
      I don't feel comfortable with any of my words being changed.
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit)
    • B.
      I'm fine with a few tweaks here and there.
      (Correlates to: Copy Edit, Line Edit)
    • C.
      I'm open to any suggestions an editor might have, but I'd prefer to make the changes myself.
      (Correlates to: Line Edit, Developmental Edit)
    • D.
      I have no problem with an editor making changes to my writing.
      (Correlates to: Developmental Edit)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Copy Edit
    A copy edit corrects mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency. If your writing has undergone other levels of editing, it will need a copy edit, too. A copy edit is the final polish before publishing! This is also the most affordable level.
  • 2.
    Line Edit
    A line edit clarifies the author’s voice. Your editor will reorganize sentences and paragraphs to make them clearer, indicate where something might confuse a reader, and polish the flow and tone of your writing.
  • 3.
    Developmental Edit
    A developmental edit helps with the structure and form of your writing. While it can be difficult to see major changes to your writing, remember the developmental editor wants the best for your writing, just like you do.